Breed: Pit Bull Terrier Mix
Age: 3 Years
Size: Medium 52 lbs. ~Medium range: 26-60 lbs
Adoption Donation: $180 (applicable sales tax included). Adoption fees may be paid with cash or check.
Other: Neutered Male, Vaccinations current, Microchip, Older considerate children only, Fence required
Phinneas would love to have a forever home.
* Older considerate children only
6/1/17: Phin has been in our home about 2 weeks now and is a great house guest. Phin’s favorite place is the bed. He would sleep there all day if he could. We have 3 other dogs in the home that are fairly quiet so Phin doesn’t do much playing with them but he is content to just lay around and do nothing. Phin kennels while we are gone and has no issues. Phin is also completely potty-trained as well.
Phin has 2 speeds – calm as a cucumber and then crazy as a cat on occasion. Phin is calm about 90% of the time, but if you get him wound up by running with him and trying to get him to play, he is still a bit mouthy. We are working on trading with him for a toy each time he does this behavior and that is going well. He means no harm and is unsure how to express his excitement in another way. If I had to guess, I would assume Phin was not socialized when he was young and never taught that it is not ok to be mouthy. He is a fast learner, so I am certain he will succeed and overcoming this behavior. Phin is dog-friendly and would enjoy a dog to chase around in the backyard but would also do just fine as an only dog.
We do currently have one child in the home as well. Phin does great with him and we have had no issues. Our home is pretty calm without a lot of commotion which suits Phin well.
Phin’s allergies are completely under control and I am working on transitioning him off of the prescription food. He loves to eat and enjoys every meal he gets!
Phin would love to finally find his forever home, where he can lay his head down permanently!!
1/28/17 Volunteer Feedback: Phin has been at our building for some time now but always has a wiggle butt and some piggy noises for me when it his turn for one on one time. Phin would do best in a home that is low key and not so busy with people coming and going. He loves to be with his people. He always seems up for a walk or snuggles on the couch but as long as it is with you, he will be content. He can get mouthy at times which all the wonderful volunteers have been working on with him. He has only tried to mouth once with me, but he redirected perfectly with his special treats. He has not tried again, but I do not play in his face or tug of war with him. He does have some allergy issues which he has to be on special food and treats, but his love for you in return will be so worth it. I like seeing Phin when I volunteer at the building, BUT I would love it even more, to see him in a foster home or forever home.
1/27/17 Volunteer Feedback: I always look forward to seeing Phin on my shifts at the shelter; he has quickly become one of my favorites. He has such a great personality and fun to be around. He is very smart and eager to please. It's hard to see him be stressed at the shelter, so I took him home for a couple hours and he was such a good house guest! He played a little bit but was much more interested in snuggling and looking out the window. This guy loves his people and truly deserves a family of his own. Please consider fostering or adopting this guy!
11/7/16: Phin can't believe this nice fall weather we have been having lately. He loves to romp around the yard and check to see if his neighborhood friends are outside frolicking about. Phin has enjoyed a couple of bonfires and did great with our company. He keeps hearing us talk about what is on the menu for Thanksgiving day and is becoming anxious to see what's in store for him. He wants everyone to know that while he loves going for his daily walks to burn off energy, his all time FAVORITE thing to do is cuddle right up next to you! He is looking forward to the winter months as he knows everyone will be begging him to snuggle on their laps to keep them warm!
9/14/16: We have been attending Down Dog Studio to work on Phin's obedience training using the positive reinforcement method. He has done really well in such a short amount of time. He understands sit, down, and touch. We are working on stay, release, etc. and loose leash walking. He is very treat motivated! I highly recommend continuing his training efforts after adoption. He loves proving himself to you and it is great for his confidence and the expectations of the family.
Phin does well on his walks. We use the Freedom Harness to avoid pulling as much as possible, and it's also easier on his skin as it has a velvety touch. So far he doesn't mind dogs across the street or behind a fence, however, we use caution as he is reactive with our neighbor's male dog through the fence. He should have daily walks/runs to burn off built-up energy as he can become hyper with the "in-house zoomies"/mouthiness otherwise. Letting him roam the backyard is not quite enough stimulation.
We have been working hard to get Phin's allergies (diet and environmental) managed. He is now on a new diet, Zignature brand with White Fish formula, which is a limited ingredient food. He had a recent re-check appt with his Doctors for his skin issues, which overall has improved. We're also working on clearing up his ears from yeast, which is most likely a secondary issue due to his allergies. He requires a daily prescription Apoquel year around to keep itchiness at bay. He can also take Benadryl. He takes his pills like a champ using peanut butter!
Phin understands there are cats who also reside with us. We have let him briefly meet one our more sociable cats while he is on his leash. He was overall good, however, when he tries to initiate play, he doesn't understand his size and strength. I wouldn't recommend cats, but maybe that is something you can work with him on over time. Interactions should be supervised at all times.
He is a very big old baby who loves to snuggle on your lap whenever possible!
8/25/16: Ruff! Phin here!
Now that I have been in foster for a few days, I'm coming out of my shell more as well as feeling a bit better after takings my meds and having a soothing medicated shampoo/conditioning bath... I find myself wanting to play and interact more with people. I've been told I need to watch my mouthiness during play as it is not appreciated. We are going to start dog obedience training classes soon. I have a favor to ask, whoever adopts me, will you please continue my training classes so I can be the BEST dog I can be? I just want to make you happy!
8/23/16: Hey, Phinneas here! You can call me Phin for short, my foster calls me "Phinnie Winnie". I don't mind, as long as the dogs in the neighborhood don't catch wind of this. I just moved into a great foster home while I wait for my perfect furever family. Feels great to not stay at the building anymore as now I get more freedom. There are two small dogs in this home. Apparently, the female Chihuahua mix is the alpha... Hopefully, my buddies aren't reading this, how embarrassing, I'll never hear the end of it!! Nonetheless, we get along great. The other dog is a bit shy of me yet, so we'll take it slowly. I am a total ham, I know how to play the "cute card" to get my snuggles in.... Oh, I gotta go for now. Time for my daily meds, my skin itches! I'll journal more later... Sending lots of licks!
8/23/16: Meet Phin! Phin is a handsome, muscular, laid back, mellow dog for only being two years old and change. His favorite thing to do is lay fully across your lap while we Netflix and chill. I am jealous for whoever has him during those harsh winter months.
He does well with our two mellow, laid back small dogs. I'd say Phin is low to medium energy dog. When outside, he generally likes to find somewhere comfy to rest and take in the sunshine and the many different smells of the outdoors. He needs a yard with a fence as he can become a little mouthy/forceful if there is a reactive dog nearby.
Phin is currently being treated for an ear infection and possible allergy to food or environment.
He does very well inside our home. He keeps quiet and waits his turn at meal times. We do have cats, but he hasn't been tested yet as he is learning the routine of our home first. He is potty trained and kennel trained. He doesn't whine or bark in his kennel unless he hears something out of the ordinary. He also does great on car rides! We are currently working on some general commands. Phin is very food/treat motivated.
5/22/16: Phinneas is a total lap dog - he loves to cuddle. He is good with other dogs. He hasn't been around cats while with us. Phin is a great partner when playing fetch. He likes to check out what you've got on the kitchen counters, but he listens well and will get right down when you tell him no. He is potty and kennel trained. Phinneas will be a fun dog to play with in the summer, and a great lap warmer in the winter!
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